- The Learning Environment
The Learning Environment
We are committed to providing a rigorous, top quality education for the next generation of scholars. Our students draw on their experience as historians in the next phase of their life, finding employment in academia, public history, secondary education, government and cultural organizations, publishing, and in many other contexts where history and its associated skills are valued.
Students read deeply in their fields while learning to create new knowledge, asking their own questions about the past, engaging in primary research, analyzing their findings and communicating their conclusions artfully and persuasively. Our courses range from large lectures to small, discussion-based seminars. They combine a variety of teaching methods aimed at helping students develop skills in critical thinking, research, and both written and oral communication. We also offer experiential learning opportunities, such as the public history internship, which can be taken for credit (HIS 496). In addition, our faculty works one-on-one with students involved in independent study (HIS 499) and the Honors Seminar (HIS 497).
About Our Facilities
The History Department is housed in Park Hall, and has two dedicated seminar rooms. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies.
About Our Faculty
The History Department includes faculty of national and international distinction in their research fields. Department faculty is deeply committed to teaching at all levels, from introductory courses to upper-division seminars. Many of its members have received teaching awards. Faculty teaching fields cover the globe and span the medieval period through the present. Faculty incorporates a diversity of approaches to teaching history, sharing the diversity of material, and oral sources available to scholars and students. They stress the importance of thinking historically, contextualizing rigorously, and through their teaching, help students build informed interpretations about the past.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the History department website for additional information about our faculty.